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Football Canada – ARLINGTON, TX (January 30, 2016) – Football Canada’s under-18 national team is preparing to take on Team USA in a pair of games at the 2016 International Bowl series at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The squad selected from the under-18 national championship, the 2015 Football Canada Cup, will take on the U.S. U19 selects on Sunday January 31 at 6 p.m. CT, followed by the U.S. U18 national team on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. CT. The entire eight game series can be seen live online, outside the U.S., by visiting www.footballcanada.com or www.internationalbowl.com.

Both Canada’s U18 and U19 national teams began training camp on Monday in the Lone Star State, preparing for this year’s series against the U.S. national teams.

This year’s Football Canada Cup winning head coach, BRAD COLLINSON, of Quebec-Blue, will serve as Canada’s U18 head coach while the remainder of the coaching staff is comprised of coaches from each of the national championship’s participating provincial teams. Collinson previously served as head coach of Canada’s U18 International Bowl squad in the game’s inaugural installment in 2014.

Facing two difficult U.S. opponents, Canada’s U18 national team is taking the series one game at a time.

“For now, we’re only concentrating on our first game,” said Collinson. “We’ll get to the second game when the time comes. Right now, we’re still in training camp mode, getting the kids acclimatized to what we’re trying to do and also having them come together as a team.”

Canada’s U18 national team head into their third International Bowl undefeated, after taking the 2015 edition at AT&T Stadium, 25-9, while in 2014, they defeated their U.S counterparts, 54-9, at Maverick Stadium.

Team Canada will benefit from the return of last year’s U18 game MVP, JEVANTE STANLEY. The Brampton, Ontario native rushed 14 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns at the 2015 International Bowl. Also returning for his second trip to AT&T Stadium, as a member of the U18 national team, is Champlain-Lennoxville defensive tackle SIDY SOW.

Canada’s returning player of the game, from 2015, could be a difference maker against the Americans once again.

“Jevante is a very special, he’s got a speed that no one else has,” explained Collinson.

Anchoring a strong Canadian contingent are quarterback MASON NYHUS (Regina, SK/Riffel), defensive back KAYLYN SMITH ST-CYR (La Prairie, QC/Vanier), and kicker VINCENT BLANCHARD (St-Germain-de-Grantham/Ch.-Lennoxville), the respective 2015 offensive, defensive and special teams Football Canada Cup tournament MVPs.

Amongst the trio, the squad’s kicker could play an important role in the field position game.

“I think Vincent Blanchard is going to be pretty good for us – he’s got a strong leg and could turn field position into our favour,” said Canada’s head coach.

Amongst a strong Canadian defense, defensive backs, BRUNO LAGACÉ (Boucherville, Que.) and TYRELL RICHARDS (Brampton, Ont.) are two dominant football players to keep a close eye on.

As part of Football Canada’s national teams program, this year’s International Bowl serves as the final step in the selection process for the Junior National Team.

Canada’s U18 and U19 national team programs represent a pool of identified players in preparation for the 2016 worlds. Based on player’s performances at this year’s International Bowl, a roster of 45 players will be selected to represent their country at the 2016 IFAF U19 World Championship in China.

The International Bowl, held to coincide with NCAA’s National Signing Day, was established in 2010 as an annual Team USA versus the World game until it transitioned into its current format in 2014. The event is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.

 

More information is available at  www.footballcanada.com or www.InternationalBowl.com. Use the hashtag #IB2016

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Canada’s U18 national team, 2016 International Bowl  

 

No.

Pos.

First name / Prénom

Last name / Nom de famille

Hometown / Ville natale

Team (2015) / Équipe (2015)

Commitment – Engagement

1

DB/DD

Inho

Choi

Windsor, ON

Essex Ravens

 

2

DB/DD

Shae

Weekes

St. Adolphe, MB

St. Paul’s

 

3

LB/SEC

Joseph

Dutton

Calgary, AB

St. Francis

 

6

DE/AD

Alexander

Fedchun

Calgary, AB

Ernest Manning

 

7

DB/DD

Kaylyn

Smith-St Cyr

La Prairie, QC

Vanier College

 

8

DB/DD

Antoine

Lemire

Ile Bizard, QC

Vanier College

 

9

LB/SEC

Nicolas

Cross

Regina, SK

LeBoldus

 

12

QB/QA

Desmond

Catellier

Calgary, AB

St. Francis

Manitoba

14

QB/QA

Mason

Nyhus

Regina, SK

Riffel

Saskatchewan

15

K/B

Vincent

Blanchard

St-Germain-de-Grantham, QC

Collège Champlain-Lennoxville

 

20

DB/DD

Bruno

Lagacé

Boucherville, QC

Collège André-Grasset

 

21

LB/SEC

Pierre-Gabriel

Germain

Candiac, QC

Cégep Vieux Montréal

 

22

RB/DO

Kyle

Borsa

Regina, SK

Riffel

 

23

DB/DD

Denver

Coursol

St-Lin-des-Laurentides, QC

Collège André-Grasset

 

24

DB/DD

Josh

Hagerty

Regina, SK

Campbell

 

27

WR/RÉ

Ben

Getzlaf

Saskatoon, SK

Holy Cross

Saskatchewan

29

DB/DD

Tyrell

Richards

Brampton, ON

Brampton Bulldogs

 

30

RB/DO

Alexis

Daigneault

Trois-Rivières, QC

Notre-Dame-de-Foy

 

31

LB/SEC

Alec

Poirier

Loraine, QC

Collège Champlain-Lennoxville

 

34

RB/DO

Jevante

Stanley

Brampton, ON

Brampton Bulldogs

Carleton

49

DE/AD

Jeremy

Kapelanski-Lamoureux

Blainville, QC

Collège Champlain-Lennoxville

 

50

LB/SEC

Daniel

Metcalfe

Kingsville, ON

Essex Ravens

Windsor

54

DE/AD

Justin

Sambu

Cochrane, AB

Cochrane

 

55

DT/PD

J Min

Pelley

Calgary, AB

Calgary Colts

 

56

OL/LO

Charles

Lavallée

Berry Mills, NB

École l’Odyssée

 

58

OL/LO

Travis

Derksen

Red Deer, AB

Hunting Hills

Alberta

60

OL/LO

Noah

Zerr

Langenburg, SK

Yorkton Regional

 

62

OL/LO

George

Hutchings

Calgary, AB

St. Andrews College (ON)

 

63

OL/LO

Paul

Landry

St-Jérome, QC

Patriotes St-Stanislas

 

67

OL/LO

Maguire

Abell

Moose Jaw, SK

A.E. Peacock

 

68

OL/LO

Bowen

Pisula

Regina, SK

LeBoldus

Regina

74

OL/LO

Christy

Nkanu

Montréal, QC

Patriotes Louis-Joseph-Papineau

 

75

OL/LO

Gregor

MacKellar

Timberlea, NS / N.-É.

St. Andrews College (ON)

 

80

WR/RÉ

Kevin

Mital

St-Hubert, QC

Dynamique Collège Charles-Lemoyne

 

81

WR/RÉ

Bryan

Owusu Bekoe

Mirabel, QC

Vanier College

 

82

WR/RÉ

Jacob

Izquierdo

Calgary, AB

St. Francis

 

87

WR/RÉ

Ian

Carty

Fredericton, NB

Fredericton H.S.

 

88

WR/RÉ

Ben

Pasiuk

Red Deer, AB

Lindsay Thurber

Alberta

92

DT/PD

Cheikhe Sidy

Sow

Bromont, QC

Collège Champlain-Lennoxville

 

95

DT/PD

Axel-Étienne

Yanibada

Blainville, QC

Collège André-Grasset

 

96

DE/AD

Charles-Émile

Bouchard

Sainte-Prime, QC

Centurions St-Félicien

 

 

U18 Coaching staff  

Name / Nom

Position / Poste

Prov. Team / Équipe prov.

Team / Équipe

Brad Collinson

Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef

Québec-Blue / Bleu

Université Laval

Jean-Philippe Asselin

Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks / Coordonnateur à l’attaque et quarts

Ontario

Carleton University

Paul-Eddy Saint-Vilien

Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs / Coordonnateur défensif et demis défensifs

Québec-Blue / Bleu

Université de Montréal

Kyle Stroeder

Defensive Line / Ligne défensif

Saskatchewan

LP Miller CS

Chris Hopkins

Offensive Line / Ligne à l’attaque

New Brunswick / Nouveau-Brunswick

Kennebecasis Valley H.S.

Bryce Fisher

Running Backs and Special Teams / Demis offensifs et Unités spéciales

Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse

St. Mary’s University

Alain Mainguy

Offensive Line / Ligne à l’attaque

Québec-White / Blanc

McGill University

Kyle Sedgwick

Receivers / Receveurs

Alberta

Hunting Hills H.S.

Dan Washnuk

Linebackers / Secondeurs

Manitoba

Miles Macdonnell H.S.

 

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